After his first spring training outing, Sunday in Sarasota against the Orioles, Clay Buchholz addressed the challenges that are going with vying for a spot in the Red Sox rotation, which would appear to have six pitchers going for five spots.
"It would be awkward for anybody," he told reporters. "I guess there's four guys, regardless what happens, that will be on the staff. The other two, three guys, yeah, it's awkward. Got to basically do what I did last spring, do what I did to finish the season last year, and I think everything will take care of itself. ... I can't do anything about it regardless of what I think so I might as well not think about it, and put any added pressure, added stress.
"I'd rather win a spot than let it be given to me. It's whatever. I knew regardless of how I pitch in spring training I have to do good, I have to show them during the season I can pitch under pressure in...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to his team's spring training game against the Orioles in Sarasota that the rough estimate is to have pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch in a game for the first time this spring on March 18. The date is an off day for the Red Sox, so Matsuzaka would be most likely facing hitters at the minor league training facility if that schedule does hold up. Jason Varitek has also been away from the team with an excused absence, tending to a personal matter. "We just told him to handle what he needs to and we'll make adjustments," Francona told reporters. "He knows he has our blessing to do what he needs to do." Mike Lowell, who visited with surgeon Dr. Michael Kelly, may have a plan mapped out for his integration into spring training games by Monday. Francona was scheduled to meet with trainer Mike Reinold regarding the matter.
Multiple outlets are reporting that cornerback Leigh Bodden is going to take a free-agent visit to Houston. Bodden, who was the Patriots' most consistent cornerback this past season — he tied for the team lead with five interceptions — is considered one of the best cornerbacks available in free agency, with some ranking him second behind Dunta Robinson, who recently signed a six-year, $57 million deal with Atlanta. New England is reportedly making an aggressive pitch to keep Bodden, while Pittsburgh and Seattle are also reportedly set to woo the Duquesne product. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury said on Saturday that he and agent Scott Boras have not had any discussions about a long-term deal with the Red Sox along the lines of the ones signed by Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Kevin Youkilis a year ago. Ellsbury said that he would not rule out his willingness to explore such a deal, but added that he is content to play the coming season without such a contract.
“I think it’s fine [that there have been no long-term talks]. I’d like to get one more year under my belt, but if [the Red Sox] come with something tomorrow, then it’s a totally different ballgame," said Ellsbury. "But I’m not really worried about that right now.”
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The minor league contract signed in January by left-handed reliever Brian Shouse, who is competing for one of the final bullpen spots, calls for the 41-year-old to make an $800,000 salary if he is added to the Red Sox' major league roster.
While he admitted that there were moments this offseason when he wondered whether he should have accepted salary arbitration when the Tampa Bay Rays offered it (something that would have led to a non-guaranteed salary of at least $1.24 million), he felt like he was unwanted when the Rays declined his option and then never made him an offer. Thus, he was willing to pass on a potentially more lucrative deal -- that would have also come with the risk of getting cut in camp while entitled to only a fraction of his salary -- to take his shot on making the Sox roster.
"I just want to get to the playoffs and taste that. I got to experience that a little bit in...
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Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
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Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
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Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
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Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.